Untitled (Rise)

SAULT - Untitled (Rise)
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #2 / 845
Year End Rank: #13
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Based on 558 ratings
2020 Ratings: #43
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The Guardian

It manages to be as lyrically unflinching as the music is compelling – not the easiest balance to achieve, as acres of terrible protest songs historically attest. You’d call it the album of the year if its predecessor wasn’t just as good.

In a little over six minutes, SAULT manage to demonstrate more excellence than other groups could muster over an album’s length.

It’s a phenomenal record, undoubtedly one of the finest to be released this year – in its mood, kineticism, and an adorned darkness, ‘Untitled (Rise)’ captures something truly remarkable about this chaotic era.

Louder Than War
Sault return in double quick time with another stab at winning the award for album of the year.

5, 7, Untitled (Black Is), and Untitled (Rise), issued within 16 months, amount to exactly three hours of exceptionally recombinant and enriching pro-black music with minimal excess. The rate and power of the output is stupefying

Beats Per Minute
More than writing simple protest songs, they are creating what is arguably some of the most life-affirming and confrontational music released in recent years – and all of it comes at a much-needed time.
The fight for Black lives deserves art that mirrors the depth of the crisis and the spirit of the movement. SAULT’s work rises superbly to the task.

Black rage. It's always been one of the biggest driving elements to the constant drive to protest every form of systemic racism. It's a rage that's the product of self-awareness of the reality of our standing as people in the face of the American Empire. It's a constant rage, one that erupts even within me every now and then. As put eloquently by the illustrious James Baldwin:

"To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a state of rage almost, almost all of ... read more


Lot of people here saying Rise is better than Black Is... psh you know it ain't. Sorry I wanted to get that in there. On first listen, I was quite sure that I enjoyed Rise more. Coming back to these two releases, I'm feeling the opposite as of now. SAULT's Untitled (Black Is) had moments of Afro-soul, bass-driven groove, beautiful vocal sampling, an RTJ-esque beat with Stop Dem, and a clear driving theme of Black pride. The synth-heavy moments on the latter half are awe-inspiring.

On Untitled ... read more


Edit: Nvm i was just being picky this is pretty great

So, this album just became the highest rated album of the year (critic score), tied with Fiona Apple’s Fetch the Bolt Cutters so I was intrigued to check this out, to say the least. I was also really intrigued by the fact that I had never heard of SAULT prior to seeing this hit number 1 in the critic scores. After listening to this record, I’m still confused about who or what a SAULT is, and am also confused as to why this is ... read more


Hard not to call this the sister album to '(Black Is)' because, well, they were released around the same time and are both titled 'Untitled.' Maybe I could give a more original review if I heard this on its own. But hearing it right after '(Black Is)' I felt like this didn't add much to the SAULT equation.


Depois de um ano, eu posso expressar o quanto "Untitled (Rise)" me tocou como artista e impactou minha alma, essa carta de amor será em português, pois não foi feita para ser entendida por mais ninguém além de mim.

Muita coisa aconteceu desde a minha primeira ouvida, a principal é que Still I Rise virou meu poema favorito. Maya Angelou foi tão importante para o movimento racial quanto seus amigos e líderes negros, Malcolm X e ... read more


Smooth as hell, criminally soulful and unapologetically grand.

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Added on: September 17, 2020